News@5: Apple Patent Targets Jailbreaks, Kindle 3 & Halo: Reach

Apple has applied for a new patent to technology which will allow it to detect users running jailbroken devices and remotely restore them to there original settings. Jailbreaking is a technique used by Apple device owners to run applications on their devices that have not been approved for use by the company.

Amazon is set to release the latest iteration of its Kindle e-reader in the UK this Friday. The new Kindle 3 is lighter and cheaper than its predecessors, and Amazon has promised that it will take the market by storm.

Facebook users can block anyone they wish - except founder Mark Zuckerberg. Registered users cannot block the founder and chief executive officer of Facebook from their accounts. According to the Block Zuck blog, anyone who tries to attempt it will see the words: “General Block failed error: Block failed.”

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) will not be using its newly launched BlackBerry OS 6 to power its upcoming BlackPad tablet device. Instead RIM will be using a software developed by QNX Software Systems, which the BlackBerry maker had previously acquired from Harman International Industries Inc. for $200 million earlier this year.

The Halo: Reach code leaked over the weekend is now being circulated and illegally downloaded from torrent websites. The game, which is slated for a 14 September release, was procured by hackers who managed to break past security on and stole the full game code, meant for game reviewers only.